BREAKING: Bill Shorten has just announced that he backs the ASU plan for better training for NDIS workers.
This is a fantastic announcement by Australian Labor, and it is thanks to the tireless efforts of ASU members campaigning for a better NDIS that this has happened today.
This is a huge win for ASU members, who have been campaigning for years to make the NDIS the best it can be.
"Scott Morrison and the Liberals have short-changed the NDIS and the people who rely on it, delaying the rollout and capping staff in a bid to deliver a surplus."
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $40 million in the NDIS workforce by implementing the ASU's Portable Training Scheme in local two-year trials around the country as part of a national NDIS workforce strategy.
The NDIS workforce trial will have three components:
Ensuring NDIS workers have the foundation skills they need, with up to 3000 training support payments of $2,000 for induction training;
Supporting NDIS workers to get Certificate III qualifications, with up to 2000 training support payments of $4,000; and
Providing a portable professional development entitlement for NDIS workers, with up to 5000 training support payments of $750 per year, so people can take time off work to specialise and upgrade their skills.
Labor will also scrap up-front TAFE fees for 20,000 students studying to get skills for the NDIS and aged care.
"As many as 90,000 extra NDIS workers will be needed over the next five years to meet the needs of the 460,000 Australians who will get access to the NDIS.